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  1. Quick update folks. As I am going to be down that way...." well Silverstone but its south of Edinburgh", I am going to take the car back to Louth golf club on Monday 1st August to recreate the photograph. I never did track down the model so I hope to have one final push in the next couple of weeks and if I cant find the original then I will have to find a stand in model. This has been 33 years in the planning so its fitting that its going to be done on the cars 40th anniversary
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  2. Borrowed this for a long weekend after my Esprit sprung a radiator leak and we had a trip to celebrate our anniversary planned. Took off up the west coast, staying at the Cameron House Hotel where the Evora was launched, Which was nice.
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  3. Here we go again ... The BBC are in fine voice this morning shouting a recession, with Mark Carney fueling the fire with strong suggestion on lowering interest rates and possible QE. The reason for this is Brexit.. BOLLOCKS... Nothing has changed other than an out vote and talk on the long negotiated exit plan. Until article 50 is implemented nothing is certain or really changed ..... SO .... Why are the markets moving and negative forecasts being pushed.. Well markets always move and if you shout anything loud enough people will listen and reactions follow.. This means you can create economic instability by suggestion which is exactly what the media is still doing. We are still in the EU and pumping vast sums of money in then ...... receiving a smaller % back ..''eventually'' ...! SO Why again I ask .. Is it because the EU is unstable and in financial crisis , well we know that... But that has nothing to do with the Brexit vote.. It was in the sh*t long before that which is why we had the vote in the first place.. ... I believe most of this uncertainty is being generated by a very determined and extremely influential group of people who benefit financially and for position , who stand to loose out significantly when we leave the EU.. The only way they can now scupper the vote is to create a financial melt down and blame the brexit vote , then attempt to overturn as a result.. This is a win win for them as they are the same people who profit from a fall as much as the pending rise.. Is this a conspiracy ... Well why else could you get such a reaction from ' a suggestion' I also believe that if the same people had put a positive slant on Brexit , we would be seeing a completely different set of economic forecasts... Their short term profits would not be so high, but the security and stability of the UK would of been fine.. These are all the same people who were taking the EU into a dictatorial super state, but had not managed to close the door on it.. The last thing they need is for the UK to succeed outside, Oh dear what would the populations of the other countries that pump billions in and were forced to take on the EURO without a vote think.!!!!! These are the very people that need to be weeded out or put under strict control ... Brexit has opened the door.. lets not waste it ..
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  4. Being told my 400 is enroute from Hethel to Henley
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  5. I've become obsessed with that bonkers new AI photo app, Prisma...
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  6. I saw these 10 yesterday when I was visiting the factory. Nice colour actually.... and the workers are clearly smitten with it. I feel somewhat vindicated that I have ordered my 410 in the same colour... although I admit that Im glad that I have the carbon (black) roof and splitter as otherwise I think it runs the risk of looking too much. Lots happening yesterday in the factory - great to see it so busy.... the glut of US cars appear to be pretty much through the pipeline (hence the commencement of the 10 Gulf colours Special Editions) so UK 400's and 410's should commence production soon.
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  7. So finally received my 2bular "track" system complete with carbon tips and additional add on titanium silencers for quieter track days. My word does it pop, bang, crackle and scream now......videos and dB readings to follow.
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  8. I've had shedloads of curries, but never found a really good shop-bought sauce mix. This one however is the absolute best. If I ate this in a curry house, I wouldn't know the difference. I used cubed leg of lamb (previously roasted), but I reckon roast pork or chicken would be almost as good. Pound the separate spices up really good and proper first, then the base, chuck the cooked meat in, and the rest of the sauce. It's spicy hot, but that doesn't detract from the awesome flavour and texture. Brace yourself!
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  9. Hi everyone After my purchase of a Lotus Elite 75 in May, I've experienced some problems to register the car in Switzerland. Problems solved now, the car will be on the road by the end of August this year. Not being able to drive my new-old car was really not amusing, but I've used the time to create a very basic website about the Elite 75: www.lotus-elite.info There is not much information available about this car, nor is there a dedicated, up-to-date website, and exactly that is my motivation. I do not have any HTML/Website-building skills, and this is why I have used Google Sites which provides at least basic funktions for building websites. I appreciate any suggestions, comments and ideas for improvement to the website as I really want to collect and keep record of everything about this gorgeous car. Thanks :-)
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  10. Greetings all- I'm new here to TLF but have been on LT since purchasing my 1983 Esprit 'Olivia' 4 years ago. A little about my car- it's an '83 and apparently the PO did a lot of racing/tracking in it. I've spent four years fixing things he screwed up on the car but keep telling myself "it's all part of the experience". lol. Oh yeah- Lutz is a small community just north of Tampa, Fla.
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  11. Hello everyone. I have to admit I've been enoying these forums for a long time but only just joined up. My name is Dave and I've been a big Lotus fan since working for the company (between 99 and 01). My first Lotus was a new S2 Elise 111S in 2005. Since then I've been lucky enough to also own an S2 Exige S, an Evora S Manual and most recently an Evora S IPS. I'll do my best to post some pictures below. Favourite car so far is the Evora S IPS, I use it as a daily driver.and I've fitted a Larini back box which sounds awsome! As you can see I've also given it the SR paint scheme and recently added barge boards. I also did some updates to my grey Evora S,updating the interior to the SR Suedetex and painted the silver interior finishers piano black (I also did the SR paint job on this one). Most exciting and involving car to drive was the Exige S, that car was raw! Biggest grin when I first picked it up was the 111S, first time I'd owned a modern sports car and I fell for it completely! These days I work for a different car company but I will always have a special affection for Lotus!
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  12. After nearly 8 years of Esprit V8 ownership, the time has finally come to move on… and I have to say I'm sad, really sad It seems that Esprit ownership is different for everybody. Some live a nightmare, while other live their dream. There are many lemons out there, but there are also many outstanding cars… and mine was, and still is, simply outstanding. So before my Esprit and I part company, I wanted to provide the community (and potential future owners) some reflections on the last eight years of Esprit ownership. First, the facts: I bought my Esprit in summer 2005, with about 8,000 kms on the clock. It's a 2002 model V8 in spice yellow, and was as new when I purchased. The deal was organized though my local Lotus specialist (Schaffner Racing), but I effectively bought the car from the previous (1st) owner. In all eight years of ownership, every bit of work (except 1 job) was done by that specialist, and they have been brilliant. The 1 job that was not done by Schaffner was done at Hethel (a minor service) while visiting for one of the TLF factory days. The car now has almost 24,000 kms, and has always been serviced as per the recommendations of Schaffner. Due to the relatively low number of kms covered in some years, the car was not serviced every year, but again, this was always following the advice of the Lotus specialist. Now the ownership experience: Anyone considering buying an Esprit will have first done their homework (or should have), and will be aware that the Esprit has a number of common problems, and needs to be looked after correctly. Everything you read will tell you to keep your eyes and ears open. If you see, hear or experience anything out of the ordinary, be prepared to investigate. Catch issues early, and it can save some major headaches (and empty pockets). This is all true, and meant that, when purchasing my Esprit, I was really prepared for a lot of problems, and a potentially unreliable car. Maybe it was good that I was prepared for the worst, because it meant that my actual ownership experience was the complete opposite of what I was expecting. Nothing went wrong, nothing (should I repeat that again?), and the Esprit never let me down, not once! Ok, it ran out of fuel once, but that doesn't really count Whenever I knew the car would not be used for a while, I disconnected the battery. Sometimes over winter the car would remain unused for 4 or 5 months at a time. Yet, every time I reconnected the battery, the car started perfectly, 1st turn of the key. I once got a dash warning light, indicating that the ECU had detected a problem. After reading down the error code, and enquiring on this forum and with Lotus, I found that the ECU just needed a recalibration of some sensors. The recalibration was simple enough, involving driving at fixed RPMs while the sensors re-learned certain values. But that was it, that was the biggest issue I ever encountered. Remember that this is an Esprit, this is a Lotus, this is a car that so many claim to be totally unreliable, poorly built, and expensive to own (more on this later). Let's put this into context. Before the Esprit, I owned a Merc 500 SL, also a 2002 model and also with 8,000 kms on the clock when I bought it (it was 2 years old at the time). I only kept the Merc for 1 year, and why? During that year I covered about 8,000 kms, and the car had to be returned to Merc 13 times for issues, ranging from trim falling off, to electric seats moving to the fully forward position and staying there, to the keyless-entry system letting me into the car but then refusing to allow me to start it. The list of problems seemed endless, and this was from a top-level Merc, supposedly one of the best quality cars in the world. The rest of the experience was just as positive. The car was brilliant to drive when out to have some fun, the looks are (to my eye) one of the most stunning designs ever to grace the automotive world, the community is both extremely helpful and knowledgable (and also fun if you ever get the chance to go to any of the meets or factory tours), and the public feedback was always one of interest and admiration. I've never owned any other car that made me smile every time I saw it in my garage! The car was even fairly practical, for a supercar! More than once I drove from Zürich to Cardiff, and back via Hethel. Always in comfort and style, and always without issue. What about the cost of ownership? This one is a little trickier to put into context, as I live in Switzerland (probably one of the most expensive countries on Earth right now), and any figures I can offer will be in Swiss Francs (CHF). However, let me give it a try. Instead of using exchange rates, which varied greatly over my 8 year experience, let me use the following as a basis for putting costs into perspective: - The average amount I paid for a minor service was 900 CHF Some services included recharging the aircon, or similar minor jobs, but that was the average. Now, for me to offer a "total cost of ownership", I'll add up all the bills for work done to the car in the eight years of ownership (I have them all filed in the extensive service history folder!). I will include any parts that needed to be replaced, all regular servicing, and all other bills for "unexpected" work (such as when I scratched my rear wheel and needed to have it refurbished). I'll exclude the cost of all modifications, as these are a personal thing, and are certainly not necessary. I'll also exclude fuel and insurance as again, these are variable by owner. Keep in mind that my Esprit has always received the very best of care, never neglected, and Schaffner tell me that in their view it is probably the best example of the Esprit in Switzerland today. So here goes: - The "total cost of ownership" (as defined above) for 8 years of Esprit ownership was 22,500 CHF Maybe you think that sounds like a lot… well, here's the killer - that cost also includes depreciation! I've already sorted the sale of the car, so I know exactly how much depreciation I need to swallow, and it's included in that total cost of ownership. Again, let's put that into context. That lovely Merc I mentioned above - when I finally managed to get rid of it after the one year of ownership, I lost close to 50,000 CHF just on the depreciation! That's more than twice what the Esprit cost, and I owned the Esprit for 8 years compared to 1 year for the Merc. Now, would anyone like to try to tell me that a Lotus is unreliable, or expensive to own? Ok, as mentioned earlier, this is just my experience, and I know there are many out there who have a totally different story to tell. But for me, the Esprit will always be remembered as the best car I have ever owned (so far at least), and certainly the most enjoyable. So finally, why have I sold it? Well, to me one of the biggest up-sides of the Esprit is its character. It is a true supercar, old-school style. It looks stunning, it is incredibly quick, it sticks two fingers up to the latest creature comforts, and it's so low that you cr*p yourself whenever you have to go over those nasty traffic calming speed bump things. These things I love because it means that you need to be a true enthusiast to put up with them. But for me, this also became the biggest down side. The 70's ergonomics and fairly weak climate control meant that you cook in the strong sun (quite common here in Switzerland), and that's exactly when you want to take it out to play. Also, the low front spoiler, and the need to have plenty of space when parking (so you can fully open the doors when getting in or out) also mean that you hesitate to take the Esprit when going places you may not know so well. Now, these are all fairly small niggles, but over 8 years they start do take a toll on a relationship (a bit like the small niggles do over years with a girlfriend ). And the final nail in the coffin - she's called Evora S , and she arrives next week. I love my cars, and given unlimited time, space and budget, I would own a collection. But back in the real world, I can't justify more than one Lotus in the garage. It's time to move on. It's time to try the latest and greatest that Hethel has to offer, and it's time to give someone else a chance to own this outstanding example of Britains' finest supercar. The big question for me now is, can the Evora fill to the huge shoes the Esprit leaves behind? Rob
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  13. As per title what does a 360 CUP weigh when built on the 350 platform... So 1134kgs with just over half a tank of fuel and the fire extinguisher system fitted. Fuel is 0.74kgs per litre so that's over 15 kgs in fuel. So without the fuel about 1120kgs.
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  14. My empirical experiment dealing with the possible worldwide effects of a long time member "disappearing" for an extended period of time has concluded. As near as I can tell, said absence has caused no ill effects other than the BREXIT vote, for which I am truly sorry. While the connection is tenuous at best, I cannot help but feel that more frequent and consistent input from the great State of Texas might have brought about a different outcome. In any case, with the value of the pound headed southward (for the moment at least), I can only hope that replacement parts for my Esprit will become a bit more reasonable in price. However, I am not holding my breath. Knowing that there will be inevitable inquisitiveness as to the reason(s) for my prolonged hiatus, let me hereby state unequivocally that it had nothing to do with certain historical events in 1776. I have long since forgiven His Majesty for these ancient transgressions. An aside: In my prepost investigations of certain "general chat" threads (it behooves one to perform some "catching up" prior to dipping one's toes back into the TLF waters) I could not help but notice that His Most Royal Excellency "Bibs" The Magnificent has achieved the ripe old age of 42, and thus has surely reached (according to Mr. D. Adams) a coherent understanding of "Life, the Universe and Everything." And, as a fellow pilot, he must certainly appreciate Mr. Adams' observation that "Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
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  15. What an epic trip. Six days in the Alps with a bunch of friends in a mixture of cars, exploring some of the best roads and scenery one could wish for. Teaser shot looking back at roads just travelled So how was the car ? In summary, EPIC !! Firstly , I wasn't sure how comfortable the car would be for the 800 mile trip over there (split 300 miles one afternoon and 500 miles the following day). I shouldn't have worried. Very comfortable, with the only ache coming from drivers leg from trying to hold speed at consistent amount; easily solved by using cruise control Oh and the sound in the tunnels ...lol.... Obscene On the Alp runs the car was incredible. Great steering feel, confidence in the brakes, great traction out of the hairpins and perfect body control through the fast sweepers. e c Cant see me finding a replacement for this car easily, as it ticks so many boxes. Dave
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  16. Aircon, no radio, no NVH pack. Its actually may be slightly lighter now I've replaced the standard exhaust with a 2bular track system
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  17. Hi Everyone, Nigel here from Auckland, New Zealand. I'm a long time Lotus fanatic having now owned 5 Lotus's. My first was an Elan +2 in 1979, then the Elite in the mid 80's an Elise 111R 3 years ago, then 2013 Evora NA, and now a 2015 Evora NA... maybe a 400 next I know @Instinct_NZ @David in NZ and @Esprit918 very well and they inform me it's expected to provide some photos on your first post!! So here you go!
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  18. Swmbo cornered me the other day, asking me to send a fax (remember them?) to an employer, and so I dutifully pressed the Oscar November switch on the "all in one" printer/copier/scanner/faxer (is that a word?) that resides in the dungeon downstairs, only to discover that it would not turn on. Harrumphhh! It has been getting on in years, and has suffered from all manner of neglect (we use a newer printer upstairs for most print jobs...it is not near a phone jack like the older unit), so I probably should not have been all that surprised. So off I traipsed to the local computer store to purchase a new printer (which to my great delight was priced considerably lower than the one it replaced). Having unpacked the box and after connecting the appropriate lines (phone and power cord...no USB involved, everything is WiFi these days) I fired it up to complete the setup procedure. Which went swimmingly for the most part. And then the Hewlett Packard dialogue box cascade began. Do this, agree to that, select this, please purchase our Ink for life program, give us feedback, let us monitor your every move, sell us your first born child, and the like. Well, I carefully analyzed the various choices, generally declining the "recommended" check boxes, opting instead to manually choose other options (such as they were) that I felt were less intrusive of my personal privacy and not quite as "Orwellian" in nature. So far so good. Time comes to actually send a fax. Job done, and fairly painlessly I felt. Next day I happen to open the HP notifications icon on my HP laptop, and (unsurprisingly) I was given the option to add the new printer (an HP product after all), which had somehow schlepped its way onto the screen as a result, one supposes, of its WiFi usage the day before, to the HP hardware items that can receive and install software updates, either automatically or by manually agreeing to (take a guess which option I generally choose). No sooner did I add the new printer than did all manner of HP required elections once again resurface. Hadn't I already been through this drill? And it was relentless! Close one dialogue box and another one pops up, and on and on it went. It was a true online "Wack a Mole" onslaught. Sheesshhhh! Enough already! The take away is that HP really wants to know your every use of every function of their product. And, of course, it will all be "done anonymously, no personal information will be collected." Trust me on this one. And did we mention our Ink for life program? Oh please, oh please, it's a really good deal. Just send us the money, and you'll see. And we won't even hold your first born hostage if you don't pay up. And we won't barrage you for the next ten years with ads and inducements to buy our "latest and greatest" products. Well, maybe just a little, but hey, it's a living. OK, OK, I embellish somewhat. And I have purchased HP laptops and printers for many years now. I like them. But what I print or copy or scan or fax is my business and my business alone. I don't need Big Brother HP collecting a dossier of all my actions dealing with paperwork documents. And who's to say they don't possess the capability to actually record an image of each and every document? How's that for paranoid? But my biggest beef is the way the setup process is structured with its "recommended" choices, which are heavily skewed toward loss of privacy. Maybe you Brits, who are apparently under 24/7 camera surveillance, are inured to this sort of intrusion, I dunno. Rant over. 1
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  19. ours isn`t a presidential election we vote for a party.Think labour in particular would be mad to push for an election right now as it is quite possible they could suffer a heavy defeat with the present state of the party
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  20. Oh man.. I'm sorry... I didn't put nearly enough attitude in to that reply. Shame on me. Let me try again. What I meant to say was... Looks good! .... Now where is my car!!!!
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  21. I did speak to the dealer about 3-4 weeks ago and offered £53K subject to viewing it. They declined, then a week or so later dropped the price to £52.5K. Not a negotiating tactic I'm familiar with, car dealers eh! Think I'll go and see it, maybe something was lost on the phone.
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  22. You really really promise :-p
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  23. thanks, I'm not a computer expert neither ;-) www.lotus-elite.info is built already with google sites but I'll check proboards.com once I need a forum/board. Guess I will not need a forum on my Elite Site as the Forum is already here - the TLF and it's perfect :-) Thanks for the link anyway!
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  24. OK I lied... well ok not a lie. in the next two weeks I'll have a look, promise
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  25. Someone asked if they could send me a fax recently. I said we don't have faxes where I live, they asked 'where is that', to which I replied 'the 21st century...'
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  26. I'm addicted to this bugger lol beats most of the stuff on tv. Roll on the next episode
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  27. First impressions - The Evora doesn't feel as fast as the Exige and I'm happier to use more of the rev range in the Evora than I was the Exige. However, I think some of this is down to reality, and some to perception as the Evora is a far more refined, comfortable place to be. When it comes to a pure driving experience, the Exige still retains top spot. On roads that varied from soaking to damp to dry, I felt more confident in the Evora as it felt so well planted (the Exige always felt very well planted, but the Evora more so). There are obvious advantages to the Evora - space, comfort, refinement - the Evora is a car I can easily live with day-to-day, which isn't something I could have done with the Exige. Regarding the noise they make, I thought the Exige sounded good, but the Evora sounds incredible when pressing on in Sport mode. No one is going to want an after market exhaust for an Evora 400! As a pure driving machine, the Exige is still number one, but as a 'sports car', the Evora 400 is magnificent!
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  28. Next episode. The commitment is amazing.
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  29. Got anything worth nicking? The road around the Dingle Peninsula would be fun as well.
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  30. The rain is still hanging around, but I managed to get out today during a dry spell and got a few shots on my phone.
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  31. I'd imagine the exhaust will sound similar to mine with the valve open? Here are a couple of videos and a photo
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